Today is Opening Day, one of the grandest days of the year. Unless you’re a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, that is. Opening Day is still fun and all, but it’s just the first day of another disappointing, heartbreaking season. So here is the lesson for all Pirates fans this year: “Have fun, but not […]
My grandmother at the Bay of Naples, 1998. In 2003, I had the luxury of spending a few days with my grandmother, Amelia Anita Crescenzo, and her brother (my great-uncle), Richard Perillo. I knew that the two of them had some great stories that I wanted to talk to them about, so I got out […]
“So what’s the deal with Catherine Barkley? Seriously.” A Farewell to Arms is the story of an American ambulance driver, Frederic Henry (Henry), who volunteers for the Italian army during World War I. During this time, he makes a lot of acquaintances, drinks a lot of whatever he can get his hands on, is wounded in […]
For extra credit, I allowed my students to create Facebook pages for characters in The Great Gatsby. Come on in to see some more. We don’t have computers in my classroom, but we do have paper and colored pencils from the dollar store. (But don’t tell the Republicans about the colored pencils! If they knew […]
This weekend was the Music Video Showcase, put on by Live From Memphis. The Perfect Vessels had a dog in that fight–“Shade Tree Astronomy,” created by our very own Graham Burks. Come on in to see the whole thing.
William Faulkner It took me three visits to Oxford to get inside Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, but I finally made it. Like Anse Bundren, I know what it is like to wander the wilds of Mississippi, suffering from all sorts of humiliating (though kind of funny) strokes of bad luck. You can […]
The Perfect Vessels played on local television yesterday morning. Here’s how it’s done. 1. Wake up early. 2. Load up the gear. 3. Set up the stage. 4. Play! 5. Break for falafels (not pictured.)
The official release for Name Our Own Stars, by The Perfect Vessels, is not until April 12. But for a very limited time, you can download it for free here. Check it out!
1. The Clash, The Clash If not for this al- bum, I’d still be listening to Janis Joplin. 2. The Replacements, Let It Be If you’re 16 and don’t have a girlfriend, listen to this–it will help. 3. The Smiths, The Smiths It’s physically impossible to play the guitar like that. 4. The Cure, Disintegration […]